Glenolden man killed in I-95 crash involving spilled watermelons
PHILADELPHIA » A Delaware County man was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in was struck by watermelons that fell off a truck and tumbled over a ramp onto I-95 below near the Walt Whitman Bridge, police said.
The incident occurred about 2:30 p.m. Saturday when a big rig taking the ramp from I-95 to the Whitman bridge overturned, dumping its load and sending some of it onto the interstate below. That in turn caused several cars below to lose control while attempting to avoid the spilled cargo.
Debris covered three of four lanes and struck a southbound SUV being driven by Kevin Huynh, 44, of Glenolden, causing him to lose control and leave the highway before coming to rest against the guard rail in a grass area, Pennsylvania Sate Police said.
Huynh and his passenger, Thanh Tam Nguyen, 61, also of Glenolden, were trapped in the vehicle. They had to be extricated by Philadelphia Fire Department first responders and were taken to the hospital.
Thanh Tam Nguyen was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The driver of the big rig was not seriously injured.
No charges have been filed in the crash. It remains under investigation.